2002 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2002.

List of years in country music (table)


  • November — Shania Twain returned with her fourth album, Up!. It opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 874,000 copies; the album remained atop the chart until the new year.

The Statler Brothers retire from touring and singing at their Farewell Concert in Salem, Virginia apart from Jimmy Fortune who is a solo artist.

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2002:

US Single Artist Reference
18 All Over Me Blake Shelton
5 American Child Phil Vassar
1 Beautiful Mess Diamond Rio
15 Before I Knew Better Brad Martin
1 Blessed Martina McBride
1 Bring On the Rain Jo Dee Messina
with Tim McGraw
1 Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue
(The Angry American)
Toby Keith
1 The Cowboy in Me Tim McGraw
12 Cry Faith Hill
1 Drive (For Daddy Gene) Alan Jackson
12 Every River Brooks & Dunn
12 Forgive Rebecca Lynn Howard
1 Good Morning Beautiful Steve Holy
1 The Good Stuff Kenny Chesney
17 Help Me Understand Trace Adkins
1 I Breathe In, I Breathe Out Chris Cagle
18 I Cry Tammy Cochran
2 I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday) Steve Azar
7 I Don't Want You to Go Carolyn Dawn Johnson
5 I Keep Looking Sara Evans
1 I Miss My Friend Darryl Worley
4 I Should Be Sleeping Emerson Drive
7 I'm Gonna Getcha Good! Shania Twain
1 I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song) Brad Paisley
4 I'm Movin' On Rascal Flatts
3 The Impossible Joe Nichols
10 In Another World Joe Diffie
9 Just Let Me Be in Love Tracy Byrd
13 Just What I Do Trick Pony
2 Landslide Dixie Chicks
20 Life Happened Tammy Cochran
1 Living and Living Well George Strait
1 The Long Goodbye Brooks & Dunn
2 Long Time Gone Dixie Chicks
8 Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde Travis Tritt
5 My Heart Is Lost to You Brooks & Dunn
1 My List Toby Keith
5 My Town Montgomery Gentry
3 Not a Day Goes By Lonestar
14 Ol' Red Blake Shelton
3 The One Gary Allan
5 Red Ragtop Tim McGraw
16 Saints & Angels Sara Evans
11 She Was Mark Chesnutt
1 She'll Leave You with a Smile George Strait
7 Some Days You Gotta Dance Dixie Chicks
1 Somebody Like You Keith Urban
20 Something Worth Leaving Behind Lee Ann Womack
16 Squeeze Me In Garth Brooks
duet with Trisha Yearwood
13 Strong Enough to Be Your Man Travis Tritt
1 Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo Tracy Byrd
16 That's Just Jessie Kevin Denney
3 That's When I Love You Phil Vassar
1 These Days Rascal Flatts
18 Thicker Than Blood Garth Brooks
19 'Til Nothing Comes Between Us John Michael Montgomery
7 Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man Andy Griggs
1 Unbroken Tim McGraw
2 What If She's an Angel Tommy Shane Steiner
8 When You Lie Next to Me Kellie Coffey
2 Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly Aaron Tippin
3 Where Would You Be Martina McBride
1 Who's Your Daddy? Toby Keith
3 Work in Progress Alan Jackson
2 Wrapped Around Brad Paisley
5 Wrapped Up in You Garth Brooks
2 Young Kenny Chesney

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2002:

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
8 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection George Strait MCA Nashville
9 The Almeria Club Recordings Hank Williams, Jr. Curb
4 American Child Phil Vassar Arista Nashville
2 American IV: The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash Lost Highway
3 Completely Diamond Rio Arista Nashville
1 Cry Faith Hill Warner Bros.
1 Drive Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
1 Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits Elvis Presley RCA
5 Forgive Rebecca Lynn Howard MCA Nashville
7 Freedom Andy Griggs RCA Nashville
2 Golden Road Keith Urban Capitol Nashville
5 The Great Divide Willie Nelson Lost Highway
4 Halos & Horns Dolly Parton Blue Eye
1 Home Dixie Chicks Open Wide
1 I Miss My Friend Darryl Worley DreamWorks Nashville
7 Jerusalem Steve Earle E-Squared
3 Knock on the Sky SHeDAISY Lyric Street
6 Let It Be Christmas Alan Jackson Arista Nashville
9 Live Alison Krauss & Union Station Rounder
9 Man with a Memory Joe Nichols Universal South
1 Melt Rascal Flatts Lyric Street
3 My Town Montgomery Gentry Columbia
1 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Kenny Chesney BNA
8 Rise and Shine Randy Travis Word/Curb
7 Sharp Dressed Men: A Tribute to ZZ Top Various Artists RCA Nashville
9 Side Tracks Steve Earle E-Squared
2 Something Worth Leaving Behind Lee Ann Womack MCA Nashville
10 Stars & Stripes Aaron Tippin Lyric Street
4 Strong Enough Travis Tritt Columbia
6 Then Came the Night Tommy Shane Steiner RCA Nashville
2 This Side Nickel Creek Sugar Hill
2 Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors Tim McGraw Curb
2 Totally Country Various Artists BNA
5 Totally Country Vol. 2 Various Artists Epic
3 Twisted Angel LeAnn Rimes Curb
1 Unleashed Toby Keith DreamWorks Nashville
1 Up! Shania Twain Mercury Nashville
5 When You Lie Next to Me Kellie Coffey BNA

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
47 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Johnny Cash Mercury Nashville
14 After the Storm Chris LeDoux Capitol Nashville
39 Another Way to Go Radney Foster Dualtone
13 Barricades & Brickwalls Kasey Chambers Warner Bros.
46 The Best of America Various Artists Curb
20 Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas Patty Loveless Epic
47 Bramble Rose Tift Merritt Lost Highway
39 Can You Hear Me Now Sawyer Brown Curb
39 Can't Back Down Collin Raye Epic
35 Chase the Sun Shannon Lawson MCA Nashville
37 Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography Bill Engvall Warner Bros.
28 Classic Country: Great Story Songs Various Artists Time Life
19 Cledus Envy Cledus T. Judd Monument
39 Cledus Navidad Cledus T. Judd Monument
37 The Color of Roses Lorrie Morgan Image
13 Country Croonin' Anne Murray StraightWay
46 The Dark Guy Clark Sugar Hill
21 Down the Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions The Chieftains RCA
29 Easy Kelly Willis Rykodisc
34 Electric Jack Ingram Columbia
13 Emerson Drive Emerson Drive DreamWorks Nashville
16 The Essential Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Legacy
35 The Family Album Roy D. Mercer Capitol Nashville
18 Forever Country Various Artists Razor & Tie
16 Greatest Hits Mark Wills Mercury Nashville
49 The Heart of a Legend Johnny Cash Madacy
39 A Hillbilly Tribute to Mountain Love Hayseed Dixie Dualtone
40 How Sweet the Sound: 25 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Greats Charlie Daniels Sparrow
26 If That Ain't Country Anthony Smith Mercury Nashville
48 Inside Traxx 2002 Various Artists Curb
12 It Won't Be Christmas Without You Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville
39 Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden Johnny Cash Legacy
18 A Joyful Noise Jo Dee Messina Curb
14 Kevin Denney Kevin Denney Lyric Street
17 Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash Various Artists Columbia
11 Life Happened Tammy Cochran Epic
40 Little Big Town Little Big Town Monument
27 Love Songs John Michael Montgomery Warner Bros.
17 Lovesick, Broke and Driftin' Hank Williams III Curb
48 The Lovin' Side Travis Tritt Rhino
23 Mark Chesnutt Mark Chesnutt Columbia
50 Midnight and Lonesome Buddy Miller Hightone
29 Mindy McCready Mindy McCready Capitol Nashville
35 Miss Fortune Allison Moorer Universal South
19 Now Again The Flatlanders New West
13 On a Mission Trick Pony Warner Bros.
29 Osama-Yo' Mama, The Album Ray Stevens Curb
28 Outside the Lines Cory Morrow Write On
17 Pinmonkey Pinmonkey BNA
13 Pictures John Michael Montgomery Warner Bros.
22 Ralph Stanley Ralph Stanley Columbia
40 Redneck Fiddlin' Man Charlie Daniels Blue Hat
36 Ricky Skaggs and Friends Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe Ricky Skaggs Lyric Street
12 Room to Breathe Delbert McClinton New West
38 Roses Kathy Mattea Narada
19 The Season for Romance Lee Ann Womack MCA Nashville
38 Sixwire Sixwire Warner Bros.
37 Spirit Dancer BlackHawk Columbia
18 Stars & Guitars Willie Nelson Lost Highway
39 Tanya Tanya Tucker Tuckertime
32 This Is Ty Herndon: Greatest Hits Ty Herndon Epic
27 Time-Life's Treasury of Bluegrass Various Artists Time Life
21 Today, Tomorrow & Forever Elvis Presley RCA
32 The Ultimate Collection Hank Williams Mercury Nashville
23 Up! (Country Mixes) Shania Twain Mercury Nashville
19 The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Linda Ronstadt Elektra
29 Waitin' on Joe Steve Azar Mercury Nashville
14 We Were Soldiers Soundtrack Various Artists Columbia
42 White Trash Christmas Bob Rivers Atlantic
18 Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Capitol Nashville
34 Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel Brad Martin Epic
45 Winter Marquee Nanci Griffith Rounder


  • February 13 — Waylon Jennings, 64, singer and guitarist (diabetic complications)
  • March 3 — Harlan Howard, 74, songwriter
  • May 26 — Orville Couch, 67, singer-songwriter (acute limphoblastic leukemia)

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Academy of Country Music[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944-2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.

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